Microsoft Confirms It Won't Reward Early Xbox One Adopters

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Microsoft Confirms It Won't Reward Early Xbox One Adopters

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Xbox One buyers, don't expect any freebies from Microsoft for supporting the console at launch.

With Microsoft's announcement yesterday that it's making a cheaper, Kinect-less Xbox One available in June, some people might understandably be upset that late buyers will be able to buy the console at a lesser price less than a year of release. If you're one of the many early buyers of the Xbox One and was hoping for some sort of reward for your loyalty, sadly, there's none coming. This was confirmed by Eurogamer in a statement sent by a Microsoft spokesperson when it asked whether any bonus can be expected for early Xbox One buyers.

No. As with many first generation products, the offerings can be expected to change and evolve over time. Kinect remains an integral part of our vision. Xbox One is better with Kinect, making games, TV and entertainment come alive with premium experiences.

Honestly, expecting any sort of reward other than being able to play the games early and having Kinect with your console might have been a tad much. Of course, it wouldn't hurt if Microsoft gave a free avatar, digital game or something either, too. But that might be construed the wrong way by some and think that Microsoft does indeed regret forcing to bundle the Kinect with the Xbox One.

While this might be seen as bad news to some, don't forget that as part of Microsoft's news deluge yesterday, the company also announced that it's dropping the Xbox Live Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu and other apps.

For those who bought an Xbox One early, are you expecting some sort of reward from Microsoft or is being an early adopter and getting to play the games before anyone else enough?

Source: Eurogamer

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Just chuck them a free game or some store credit. You had a loyal fan base who swallowed your BS about the kinect being necessary, now less than a year later you're removing that device to create a lower price in an admission that you were wrong and clawing for more money. If you really had faith in your kinect you could always chuck them a free kinect game to demonstrate how good the thing they invested in is.

Holy entitlement Batman! Early adopters are just that - they bought the console when it was first launched, do they expect to be congratulated on that?

That's like complaining about some item you bought and then seeing it on sale a few months later. I work for a company that does put its items on sale regularly; the amount of (quite frankly, entitled) people writing in demanding that the difference between what they paid, and what the item is now being sold for, be transferred into their bank accounts. Unbelievable.

I cant say i feel sorry for them. For two reasons.

First is because it feeds the beast we call "entitlement".

Second is because i have no sympathy for those who rushed out to buy it anyway. The only plausible reason i could come up with for getting a One at launch was to get a head start practicing Killer Instinct for Evo. And needless to say this would only apply to a few dozen people anyway.

so what they basically got for early adopting is a nice way to browse netflix and the option to play the second worst version of titanfall.
sounds like a fantastic deal.
on the other hand if you buy a console within 12 month of its release and don't need it for your job in some way you really deserve what you get.

Why should they? Isnt the entire purpose of an early adopter to play with the console early? They thought the price was good enough to warrant a sale so if they feel like they deserve more for what they paid they should have waited a price drop.

I can only assume that most people who bought the Xbone at launch weren't actually annoyed about the Kinect or holding a grudge about the other bullshit, which translates to people happy to buy the product. So for them it wasn't a bad deal. Besides which, they've had quite the fucking while of headstart on anyone who could have been waiting for something like this, which is at least the value of the discount.

Of course microsoft won't support early adopters. They don't even support adopters at all.

Is anyone really that surprised? I mean, come on. Microsoft cuts and runs. Its their job.

If you didn't want to pay more for the console than someone else months/years later, don't fucking buy it within a few months of launch. Pretty simple.

Much as I love ragging on Microsoft when given the chance, anyone who wants something from them because they're releasing a cheaper version with no Kinect can kindly go fuck themselves.

Drinking game for this thread: Take a shot every time someone says the word "entitlement".

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Anyway, this is the price you pay as an early adopter.

Man is it weird to for anyone else to watch as Microsoft gives in to every single consumer demand? It does seem to come across very victimized here. I mean I keep feeling that the narrative is kind like the below conversation:

Xbox - "well obviously Xbox One is better with Online Connectivity, but all you entitles brats want to play off line fine."
Consumer - "ok but I still don't use my Xbox Live gold membership to do anything but watch Netflix and Hulu, can I just watch it without that? I have a few devices that can stream Netflix but I don't have to pay a separate fee there."
X - "Well obviously the subscription service is going to get you a lot of other options so..."
C - "but I mean I just don't want it"
X - "Fine! Gone. Happy?"
C - "well... Its just that I never even really wanted Kinect, and quite frankly it creeps me out a bit. And it must cost a lot to include it."
X - "FINNNEEEE!!!! It's gone! Do you want my shirt too? How about my kids as well. Now that they won't be going to college because you 'don't want greatness' you might as well keep them. Clearly you can take care of them with all the money you save from taking food off my table. But no your right, its creepy let's get rid of it."
C - "I'm sorry man,"
X - "NO, You know what F- you pal."
C - "jeez dude chill ou..."
X - "NO YOU CHILL OUT!! You've already taken everything from me so help me god if you take the last word too. I want you to know that I did this all for you! So that you would pay me money! FOR YOU!! And you just spit it back in my face, well you know what I'm done." Microsoft is done! Pack it up guys we're going because this penny pinching F&%K doesn't want the most immersive entertainment experience possible."
C - "ok fine you can keep the Kinect!"
X - "NO!!! It's gone! It's too late! Live with the consequences of your actions! The future is never coming now! Games are going to stay exactly the F%&$ing same for the next 100 years now because you selfishly 'Just want to play games without all the hassle' well fine there you go! I hope it was worth it!"

IceForce:
Drinking game for this thread: Take a shot every time someone says the word "entitlement".

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Anyway, this is the price you pay as an early adopter.

I think that'll be as bad as the Manowar Brothers of Metal drinking game (drink every time the words brothers and metal are sung in the song Brothers of Metal)

Eh, I don't really care about any of this but I still want an answer to a question I've not seen answered:
How does the Kinect make watching TV better?

You don't get refunds when games go on discount on Steam. No-one repays you when the price of a car drops after it's launch years. Fatty PS3 owners didn't get money when a slim was released

And in those cases it's the same product that's cheaper. If you didn't want to own a Kinect at launch, why did you buy an xbox?

Well what to say as an early adapter, i havent played for a while on it. I played fifa 14 on it, while my son was playin it on ps3. it was fun to see how smooth fifa played on the xbox one feels like it was made for next gen, well ps3 had long loading times, stuttering moves etc. But then you get tired of the game so i tried forza, its a good game looks good but more of the same, then i tried the zombie one, i really didnt like it, last time i turned it on was for the demo for Titanfall and it wasnt for me so there you go. Im not interested in any games that are coming out this year on the one so if anyone is looking for a second hand let me know lol.

I don't think it's being 'entitled' but if Microsoft were smart they would have incentivised people to buy the Xbone at launch with a few goodies. Hell some games even do that. I don't think they should retroactively reward early adopters but i think there might have been more early adopters if they had offered some kind of carrot.

If i was Microsoft i would have loaded the launch with a bunch of exclusive stuff to lessen the blow of being a week one purchaser.

No, sorry. Your 'reward' for being an XB1 early adopter is getting the XB1 before the people who waited. I generally have quite a fun time criticising Microsoft and some of its silly decisions, but they have zero obligation here.

But early adopters were already rewarded with an achievement and a sticker on their controller... BWAHAHAHA!

Why the hell should early adopters be entitled to anything? When I bought my Xbox I knew that it would be cheaper down the road and that the Kinect would probably be gone, that's just the caveat of being an early adpoter. If you don't like it then don't buy it.

When Nintendo did the 3DS Ambassador Programme it was a nice gesture but they absolutely weren't obligated to do that. Expecting companies to owe you something for buying early is completely frigging entitled.

Well honestly that what us suckers get for being tools and adopting early - nothing.

Where are these early access Xbox One owners you speak of? I have my DOE, I wasn't expecting something. Maybe its just the escapist making a story out of nothing.

I've bought consoles since the Nintendo came out and never expected any return just because I've been an early adopter. Prices go down over time, it happens with most products, you don't see people go back to LG/Sony/Samsung demanding credit because the TV they bought a year ago is now reduced in price.

I don't need a reward.

I have had many hours of enjoyment and I have grown fond of the Kinect.

I find it seriously interesting that they release a "kinect-free" version before they even officially release the nordic version...

flarty:
Just chuck them a free game or some store credit. You had a loyal fan base who swallowed your BS about the kinect being necessary, now less than a year later you're removing that device to create a lower price in an admission that you were wrong and clawing for more money. If you really had faith in your kinect you could always chuck them a free kinect game to demonstrate how good the thing they invested in is.

[sarcasm] Um, that wasn't "BS," my friend. As the post clearly states:

Kinect remains an integral part of our vision. Xbox One is better with Kinect, making games, TV and entertainment come alive with premium experiences.

Did you see that? "INTEGRAL!" The XBONE is "BETTER WITH KINECT," so all you folks that plan on buying the kinect-less version, HA! What you're in fact doing is saddling yourself with a lesser experience by going with the XBONE. Ah...I mean, the "XBONE less the kinect." The "XBONE-less?" "X-spineless?" Um...anyway, enjoy having your games, tv, and entertainment (apparently "games" and "tv" are separate from whatever "entertainment" is) fail to "come alive" due to the lack of "premium experiences." [/sarcasm]

But no, seriously, early adopters hoped to have their faith rewarded. It didn't pan out. Live and, hopefully, learn.

Why should they get anything? You buy day one, and thats what you get. But also you get your voice activation and hand waving remote control things while us late users would have to buy a kinect to get that. So really, your still getting something others dont.

Genrael:
I find it seriously interesting that they release a "kinect-free" version before they even officially release the nordic version...

Wait, it still hasn't released outside of the first 13 countries?

You would have thought that was another mistake they would have rectified alongside Always Online, hiding Netflix behind a paywall, Kinect, the pricing...

This has nothing to do with early adoption and everything to do with the fact this should've been an option since launch. Microsoft just used their popularity to sell tacked on hardware that many people don't give a shit about.

Whether it was a good business move... I don't know. On one hand, they've likely made more money than they would've if they haven't done that. But it's kind of a "get more money now, lose reputation and with it, money in the future" sort of thing. So... personally, I wouldn't have gone that route. Especially as they've certainly been down in the sales race against PS4 thanks to this and lost a lot of face because of it (people are impressionable like that, especially kids who care about the console war).

Really, Microsoft? Not even a free copy of Undertow? It's the least you could do.

I imagine Gamestop is about to get flooded with unwanted Kinects...

No, like somone else pointed out its like buying somthing then seeing it on sale and demanding the difference. The customer is not always right they are just entitled. And for any gamer it should have been clear that both the consoles were kinda rushed out early all the games that ppl wanted for their "next gen" are not even out yet example, watchdogs. Its all very well and good going on about the kinnect being important but i think Xbone has forgot its a games consoles 1st everything else 2nd. Thou perhaps due to the outright LIE of it being needed perhaps some store credit ? a game ?

Considering that when a Similar situation happened with the origonal Xbox "early price cut to compete with the ps2" Microsoft Did compensate early Adopters quite nicely with a free controller Plus a Free game its really not unreasonable for customers to expect similar treatment when the same situation occurs again.

xEightBitPlayerx:
I've bought consoles since the Nintendo came out and never expected any return just because I've been an early adopter. Prices go down over time, it happens with most products, you don't see people go back to LG/Sony/Samsung demanding credit because the TV they bought a year ago is now reduced in price.

So I have absolutely no sympathy for MicroSoft and the way they handled the XB1-release (or anything to do with it for that matter) but I have to agree.
I've been playing on consoles since the Super Nintendo days and the number of times that I have gotten something extra from Nintendo/Sega/Sony/Microsoft for being an early adopter in the past was exactly ZERO.

So did you buy an XBone when it came out and are now pissed that the Kinect is not required? Well, deal with it and consider waiting a few months next time. It's not that hard.

Also, I didn't know that the Escapist Magazine considered "Angry Child Forum Post" to be an actual news item. There is such a thing called journalistic integrity and I propose young Alex Co. look it up sometime. Or go work for The Sun.

Microsoft? Do something nice for their customers?

Pardon me while I guffaw for a bit.

(guffaws for a bit, then recovers)

Customers expecting Microsoft to do something nice for them?

Pardon me while I guffaw even harder.

(guffaws until falling off the thread)

CriticalMiss:
But early adopters were already rewarded with an achievement and a sticker on their controller... BWAHAHAHA!

That's what I was going to say. Hell, that sticker and free avatar were enough incentive to get some people to preorder the damned thing.

wow, even valve gave me an ugly hat for buying TF2 before it went F2P, i think its not completely unreasonable for xbox one early adopters to expect some sort of reward from microsoft for buying their console early

I dont think Microsoft is under any obligation to do so. They adopted it early, they knew what they were purchasing (or were foolish enough not to) and they got what they payed for. Now it would be a nice gesture on MS's part to give them something though, maybe a free Kinect game as some one mentioned earlier to say thanks for buying it.
Also this hasnt go anything to with a false sense of entitlement on the gamers part.... If anything you could argue that it is on Microsoft's part. They did claim the Kinect was mandatory and now here we are.

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